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    How to refer to this country?

    In English you say: British , American , Saudi Arabian. But how to refer to a person from : United Arab Emirates?

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    Re: How to refer to this country?

    These people are called Arabian


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    Re: How to refer to this country?

    Well . . . no. 'Arabness' is an ethnicity. United Arab Emirate-ness is a nationality. A (well-educated) native-speaker would sort of know, and the guides are (a) existing names, and (b) euphony -- and this problem applies to names of people from towns and cities, etc. For example, we call people from Newcastle 'Novacastrians'; so try 'Emiratians' -- but it would be pronounced 'Emmerishuns.'

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